Large-Scale Public Involvement Methods

This course examines three popular methods for large-scale, dialogue-based citizen engagement on public policy issues: Deliberative Polling, the 21st-Century Town Hall and Citizens Juries. Each process helps citizens learn about an issue, create space for in-depth discussion and generate detailed feedback on public policy options.

This course also explores central ingredients of large-scale processes, including developing discussion content and questions, as well as outreach strategies to engage with large numbers of diverse participants.


Location: Online
Duration: 1 day
Tuition: $375
Can be applied to:
Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateTue, Nov 5, 2024
  • Tue, Nov 5, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
Seats Available20

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Define the distinct and complementary qualities of dialogue and deliberation
  • Identify and appraise suitable uses of large-scale public involvement methods
  • Compare and contrast the theory and practice of the 21st Century Town Hall, Deliberative Polling and Citizen Juries
  • Identify and address barriers to participation
  • Apply large-scale public involvement methods to your own context

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Advance readings
  • Assignments to be completed outside of scheduled class times
  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and exercises
  • Recommended reading

You will be evaluated on:

  • Class participation

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.